Emile Heskey to take charge of Leicester Women's training after Jonathan Morgan axed after horror start to season

Emile Heskey to take charge of Leicester Women's training after Jonathan Morgan axed after horror start to season

LEICESTER CITY WOMEN are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Jonathan Morgan following eight defeats in eight WSL games.

Foxes and Liverpool legend Emile Heskey will take training before their Conti Cup match against Manchester United.

The former England striker was appointed as the club’s head of women’s football development in October.

The Foxes have struggled in the top tier following their promotion from the Championship with the team yet to pick up a single point in the league.

And their 1-0 home loss to Everton on Sunday saw them eclipse Yeovil Town and Doncaster Belles who are the only two sides to have lost their opening seven games in the division.

Morgan’s assistant Michael Makoni and his sister Holly, who is first-team coach, will be also leaving their roles at the club.

In a statement, Leicester said: "All three have played an important role in the development of LCFC Women, particularly since the club turned professional following its acquisition by King Power in August 2020.

"The football club would like to place on record its thanks to Jonathan for everything he has helped the club to achieve during his time as manager, which included promotion to the WSL.

"Retention of its WSL status is central to the club’s vision for the long-term development of women’s football in the city.

"The Club feels a change in leadership is now necessary to give the team the best possible chance of achieving this in the remaining months of the season."

On the Foxes’ website, Morgan added: “This Club has been part of mine and my family’s life for 12 years from when my sister Holly Morgan joined as a young player.

“To have taken Leicester from the Midlands Division 1 to a FAWSL club gives me nothing but pride.

“Earning promotion last season in the manner we did will always be a memory I can share with the fans and the city.

“This season has been disappointing, with injuries contributing to a difficult start, but we haven’t achieved the results we had hoped for.

“I wish the Club, the staff and the players my very best.”

Morgan, who took charge of the club in the 2014-15 season, oversaw Leicester’s storming run in the Championship last season with the team winning a historic promotion to the WSL.

And the Midlands side, who lost just two of their second-tier games last term, enjoyed an impressive run to the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals, last year before falling to a 2-1 loss to eventual tournament winners Manchester City.

Morgan’s departure comes seven days from Birmingham’s sacking of Scott Booth with their team having picked up just a point from eight games.


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